Judy Riley, Interim Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families. We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
2019 Ulster County Senior Survey
Please assist OFA in derermining what kinds of services are important and necessary in our community to support Ulster Couny residents as they age. We encourage Seniors to take the 2019 Ulster County Senior Survey. The Survey is available online at https://forms.gle/BN4KP16K69Cj7xhU7. Please contact our office if you would like a copy of the survey mailed to you or if you need assistance completing it we will work over the phone with you. Thank you in advance for your participation.
A Message from Previous Director Shelley Wagar
Dear Ulster County Seniors,
It is with very mixed emotions that I write this letter to you. Some of you are aware that I became a grandmother in December. My daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Kevin, gave birth to a wonderful little baby girl who has delighted us all with her being, beautiful navy eyes, and now, her smiles. Some of you also know that they live in Myrtle Beach; a mere 900 miles away.
One of my favorite mantras is “family first.” My father was an important part of my daughter’s life growing up (my daughter was born after my mom died) and it is very important to me and my daughter that I have a similar role in my granddaughter’s life. I can’t do that from New York. My partner David, a life-long Ulster County resident, and I have decided the time is right for us to move to the warm state of South Carolina, be closer to our family; and, for me to join David in the life of retirement. So, it is with sadness mixed with excitement that I tell you I am leaving the Office for the Aging and moving in the beginning of May.
I have enjoyed every single minute of the last 18 months serving you as the Director for UCOFA. I have met so many seniors that have made a significant impact on my life. All of you are dear to me and I will miss you. I also can say that I work with the greatest staff I ever have in my 36-year career. The OFA staff are wonderful, every one of them. And they will continue to carry on the mission of the OFA, take care of your needs, and be the best team ever.
I wish you all a wonderful spring, a summer full of great activities, movies, and picnics, and learning!
Godspeed to you all,
A Message from Adele B. Reiter, Acting County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
May is a beautiful time in Ulster County to get outside and to get active. I want to let you know that there will be many events and promotions offered during Healthy Ulster County Week – May 3rd – May 12th – and I invite you to participate in some of the activities and discounts offered. We are fortunate to have so many amazing businesses and organizations who have agreed to provide our residents with health-related offerings during the week, including such things as guided nature walks, discounts on facials and massages, fitness classes, and much more. The Calendar of Events can be found on our website: https://ulstercountyny.gov/healthy-ulster-county-week-calendar or call us at 845-340-3800 for a printed copy or more information.
In May, we also celebrate two extraordinary Ulster County seniors who are being recognized for their caring and tireless contributions to enhance the lives of seniors within our community. I want to congratulate the 2019 Ulster County Senior of the Year, Sheldon Quimby of Port Ewen; and the family of the late Anita Williams Peck of Kingston – Ms. Peck has been selected to receive Ulster County’s Most Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen Award (posthumously). Both awardees are inspirational and outstanding and we greatly appreciate their dedication to making a difference in the lives of our residents.
I also want to let you know that we held the Ulster County Senior Summit in April. It was a great opportunity for Senior Leaders throughout the County to network and share information about their organizations.
We truly have so many amazing residents who improve our community and I thank each of you for all you do. I hope you enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
With best regards,
Adele B. Reiter
Acting County Executive
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.